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LINGUIST List 20.1302

Mon Apr 06 2009

Books: Philosophy of Lang/Socioling: Harris

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        1.    Rachel Markowitz, Rationality and the Literate Mind: Harris

Message 1: Rationality and the Literate Mind: Harris
Date: 03-Apr-2009
From: Rachel Markowitz <Rachel.Markowitztaylorandfrancis.com>
Subject: Rationality and the Literate Mind: Harris
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Title: Rationality and the Literate Mind
Series Title: Routledge Advances in Communication and Linguistic Theory
Published: 2009
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
                http://www.routledge.com/

Book URL: http://routledge.com/9780415999014

Author: Roy Harris
Hardback: ISBN: 0415999014 9780415999014 Pages: 190 Price: U.K. £ 65.00
Hardback: ISBN: 0415999014 9780415999014 Pages: 190 Price: U.S. $ 120.00
Abstract:

This book re-examines the old debate about the relationship between
rationality and literacy. Does writing "restructure consciousness?" Do
preliterate societies have a different "mind-set" from literate societies?
Is reason "built in" to the way we think? How is literacy related to
numeracy? Is the "logical form" that Western philosophers recognize
anything more than an extrapolation from the structure of the written
sentence? Is logic, as developed formally in Western education,
intrinsically beyond the reach of the preliterate mind? What light, if any,
do the findings of contemporary neuroscience throw on such issues? Roy
Harris challenges the received mainstream opinion that reason is an
intrinsic property of the human mind, and argues that the whole Western
conception of rational thought, from Classical Greece down to modern
symbolic logic, is a by-product of the way literacy developed in European
cultures.

Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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